Jacob W, Bachelor of Engineering
Exeter University (Semester 2, 2016)
A blog for uni, I must write,
as I sit and wait for my flight.
Home, I am bound,
Now I am out of euro & pound.
An adventure I have had,
soon to see friends and family though, I am glad.
It was July I left, travel and study abroad lay ahead,
though now in hindsight I feel I may have been misled.
A semester abroad can be really great,
unfortunately for me it was not to be my fate,
often you will read and hear,
“Embarking on exchange was the best decision I made this year”
“Don’t think, just do it” was something I read,
take heed! think! before dreams fill your head.
Life in Exeter, day to day
very similar to home though in winter, dreary and grey.
I lived with a lovely brother & sister, just out of town,
my expectations for foreign dorm life meant this was a slight let down.
Weekend trips to the English countryside, I thought there would be many,
lots of assignments ensured there were hardly any.
All-nighters in week two, something must be wrong,
Suddenly my time abroad was seeming very long.
Weeks turned to months and I eventually settled in,
I made a lifelong friend, thank god as things were looking a bit grim.
I did have a lot fun, travelling and meeting people along the way,
seeing the sights and trying new foods, almost every day.
Beer bike tours and river boat cruises in Budapest,
these experiences might have been the best.
Though the delicious Polish sausage in Krakow,
Chargrilled from a food truck, I wish I had one now.
However, I can’t forget snowboarding in Norway,
Amazing Berlin Christmas markets and all the Paris Clichés.
There are many more highlights and stories to tell,
Though I’ll wrap up this poem before you’re bored as hell.
So my semester abroad is done,
looking back, mostly I remember the fun.
Contemplating exchange? Here’s my final advice,
Dream big, get inspired but also think twice!
If you decide to go, pack light,
double check your passport before every flight.
Try to see everything but also study hard,
Call your parents and send them a post card.